Thursday, November 21, 2013

Idaho Firearms Manufacturers Consider Expansion

Posted By on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Three Idaho firearms companies are looking to grow their operations in Idaho, the Idaho Business Review reports. 

Seekins Precision, Crossfire Elite and Valiant Firearms and Ammunition, all of which produce firearms, ammunition or firearm accessories, have indicated that they'll expand into larger production spaces, swell the ranks of their employees or diversify their range of goods and services offered.

Seekins has plans to move from the 7,200-square-foot leased building in Lewiston to a 25,700-square-foot facility, where it will consolidate its manufacturing, assembly and shipping operations. Nampa's Crossfire Elite, which produces memory foam holsters, will move from its 3,500-square-foot warehouse to a 20,000-square-foot warehouse and increase its workforce from 10 to 100 in the next three to five years. In September, Twin Falls' Valiant opened The Gun Room, a shop selling ammunition and accessories, in a section of its manufacturing room's floor.

In the last five years, the Idaho Department of Commerce has lobbied to make Idaho a hub for firearm and ammunition manufacturing. In August, Boise Weekly reported on a City Club event at which David Lehman of GSA Results, a firm specializing in procuring government contracts, told attendees, "What Silicon Valley is to California, what banking is to New York, what automotives are to Michigan, I would like to think that Idaho could become the world leader in arms and ammunition manufacturing." 

Lehman's words are proving prohetic: Nov. 4, ATK, a major employer in Central Idaho, announced that it had acquired Bushnell Group Holdings, which manufacturers rifle scopes, binoculars and other hunting equipment, for $985 million.

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